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Sep 23, 2012 8:00am EDT
the 20th chief of staff of the united states air force. faced with decisions and a mission to reenergize the service that's been at war for more than 20 years and shrinking for the past decade as the equipment has aged. the top priority is a resolve a bitter dispute with congress over proposed cuts to the air national guard. lawmakers are blocking $9 billion this cuts from the services proposed budget. general welsh joins us now as the air force association's air and space conference here at the gay lord convention center in maryland, just south of washington, d.c.. thanks for taking time our your schedule to be with us. >> thank you vago. >> and there's very little that you can do to prepare for it in many respects aside from that it's 9.4% pretty much across everything. but there are things that can be cut and there are things that can't be cut. what are the things -- or areas that you're most concerned about in a sequestration environment? >> vago, the biggest concern i have is that the trade space will eventually come down to modernization or readiness. terrible trade spac
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Sep 27, 2012 2:05am PDT
, state fair and there's also the brewery which is the only -- brewery in the united states. a beautiful setting as well. you can taste your beer and see all the leaves turning there as well. >> really great. why don't we go to the blue ridge mountains in asheville, north carolina. >> that is a beautiful spot. >> i love it there, it's gloriously beautiful. >> gloriously beautiful indeed and one of the destinations you get to see all the color spectrum in fall. every possible color imaginable two big highlights, the blue ridge parkway, which is one of america's favorite drives, you can bike that or drive it get off and go hike and climbing you built mother biltmore estate largest private residence in the united states, built for george vanderbi vanderbilt, has an amazing art collection and formal garden. >> look at that. that shot is gorgeous. >> gorgeous. >> colorado. >> oh, come on. >> just hearing the word. >> oh. rocky mountain high. >> indeed. lots of yellows. >> tell us about that area. >> the grand mesa national forest was a big pick for us. you can go up a chair lift the
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Sep 16, 2012 6:00am PDT
united states. so i think it is here. .i think from a political point of view, i think this is an area of strength for president obama that they thought could be put away as there was more of a focus on the economy. now, this question of american policy, accusations of american weakness in the middle east, all of those things are in play. and here comes those presidential debates to hash all that out. >> and governor romney has challenged the president's leadership in the middle east after the libya attack, trying to po will i ticipoliticize it. has it gone beyond the debate? >> well, we don't know yet. the reality is that president obama would be perhaps more of the defensive if it were not for governor romney getting so many criticisms for his statements this week criticizing the president even before the facts were not known and in the immediate wake of argue ambassador in libya. >> the republicans are not backing up. some have drawn parallels in the iranian hostage crisis under jimmy carter. is that a fair comparison? will they continue to go in this direction or try to get things bac
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Sep 13, 2012 7:00am PDT
does speak for the united states of america. they later withdrew it as the violence escalated there. look, what this is all about is american weakness and the president's inability to lead. iraq is dissolving, our relations with israel are at a tension point. he -- i'd like to see the president of the united states speak up once for the 20,000 people that are being massacred in syria. >> it sounds like you -- >> -- the essence of the american leadership in the region and they are very weak. i'm saying that the statement that was made about the statement that was made by the u.s. embassy was a very weak statement and an object -- abject proof of that is they withdrew that statement and changed it later on. they speak for the united states of america. >> let me play for you president obama's response to mitt romney on telemundo speaking to jose diaz balart. >> i have observed that there's a tendency to shoot before you aim, as i pointed out. and that as president, my obligation is to focus on security for our people and not having ideological arguments on a day when we are mourning th
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Sep 17, 2012 7:00am PDT
simmering distrust of the united states? >> it's all the above. it's much long-simmering resentment of the united states. it has some legitimate reasons, but it's essentially a pretext, and it is not really about religion. it's about politics and world power. it's about what's taking place in these countries that are going through a tremendous complex, painful transition. take egypt, for instance, extremists and islamists with different interpretations of islam competing with the mainstream islamist group in egypt which is the muslim brotherhood. >> right. >> they whipped up frenzy against the movie initially, and then the president, who is very cynical, was looking to protect his flanks so he called for more demonstrations instead of containing the demonstrations or condemning them so what you have is a competition in egypt as to who is going to shape the future of egypt, and using this movie as a pretext. >> which raised the question. is this about the united states really at all, or is this about uncertainty in these people's own futures and their religious leaders and their politic
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Sep 13, 2012 7:00am EDT
. in the corner there, that is the street that leads to the united states embassy. and for the last hour or so, we've been seeing egyptian security guards firing tear gas at protesters trying to keep them away from the embassy walls. a very similar scene going -- taking place right now in the city of yemen in the capital of yemen, where protesters even managed to breach the compound walls. >> reporter: another assault on a u.s. embassy, this time in yemen. protesters threw stones at the embassy walls in the capital. they climbed the gate, set fire, and raised posters denouncing a once obscure u.s.-based internet movie that portrays the prophet mohammed. personnel in yemen were reportedly moved to a secure location. in cairo, more clashes, but this time, it's egyptian security pushing back. they fired tear gas to drive protesters away from the u.s. embassy in cairo. and the new egyptian president rejected violence against u.s. diplomats in a televised statement and said he told that to president obama in a phone call this morning. wednesday night in an interview with telemundo, the p
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Sep 3, 2012 9:00am EDT
look at the most and least expensive to live in the united states. the council for economic research ranked 300 cities coast-to-coast. i was not surprised to see honolulu on this list of number three. >> number three, that's right. they based these numbers on the cost of consumer services from grocery items to housing, health care, transportation. san francisco also on the list at number four. not surprising considering housing is scares there. >> look at that. >> san jose not far behind. but number one on the list, manhattan. i don't think that's a surprise to anyone. what's interesting how they break out the boroughs, brooklyn, queens in the top ten. >> it's been like this for a while and people keeping moving here in tiny apartments for $5 million. >> no escape anywhere in new york you go. >> least expensive place to live, harlyn again, texas, comes in as least expensive, memphis, tennessee, mcallen, texas, a lot of texas towns. >> that's all in the south which you're seeing a lot of businesses move, especially to atlanta, for example, which isn't on the list, but texas, my home s
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Sep 21, 2012 7:00am EDT
prophet mohamed shows no signs of dying down. >> united states are trying a counter offense to calm the anger and stop the violence, margaret brennan has that story. >> reporter: good morning. the u.s. government is trying to stop that anti-american violence by buying ad time on pakistani tv to spread the message that it did not endorse the controversial internet video made by an american filmmaker to ridicule islam. it cost the u.s. government $70,000 to broadcast these ads on seven different pakistani tv networks. they feature messages from president obama. >> we reject all efforts to denigrate the beliefs of others. >> reporter: and hillary clinton. >> the united states government has absolutely nothing to do with this video. >> reporter: condemning the anti-islam movie made by a california filmmaker. the state department is trying to cool anti-american fury that sent thousands of protesters into the streets of pakistani cities this week. it isn't the first time that american diplomats sponsored media or purchased ad time but the head of the outreach program said these ads are urgent
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Sep 27, 2012 7:00am EDT
become the next president of the united states and how my policies will make life better for american families. >> romney has had trouble getting that message across. the obama campaign is far out spending him in advertising in swing states. and the media conservatives say is biassed against him. in our interview romney declined to take what would be an easy shot for any republican politician. >> do you think the mainstream media is in the tank for president obama? >> we have a system of free press. people are able to provide their own perspectives based on their own beliefs. there's some people more in my camp, some people more in his camp. i don't worry about that. >> reporter: campaigning wednesday in ohio, president obama had no trouble being critical of his opponent even converting a verbal misstep into an attack on romney. >> i want to see us export more jobs. export more products. excuse me. [ laughter ] i was -- i was channelling my opponent there for a second. [ laughter ] >> reporter: now the president is out with another new ad today and it looks almost like he's trying to
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Sep 12, 2012 2:05am EDT
utensils. >> owe had! >> now in soho at lombardi's, the first pizzeria in the united states. i am getting ready to check it out. even mona lisa is smiling, but that's debatable. how do you eat pizza properly? how do you eat a slice? do you eat it with a fork and knife or fold it? do you eat it straight up? >> i've got to say, that's an individual thing. i like to eat it with a fork and knife. >> you seem like you are pretty. >> thank you. >> you don't like to get your hands dirty, do you? >> if i have to, i will. i enjoy it with a fork and knife. >> i'm having a little deja vu. we have done this before. >> i want you to be nice and relaxed. good girl. >> you remember, it wasn't just me. >> legs like yours i wouldn't forget. >> because you never called. >> well, listen, i got to behave over here, okay? >> now i'm in the west village to try famous joe's pizza. it said famous in the title so i had to try it. i will show them famous. one question i have is how do you properly eat it. i have been told you can fold, cut or eat flat. >> no no no no no. you have to pick it up like this an
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Sep 5, 2012 9:00am EDT
ceo of the united states. nobody is -- no boards are electing ceos based on their wife. it's one thing if it's a horrible wife, horrible man. guys, this is such a clear choice. they are both wonderful women. you're not voting for a first lady. >> no, we're not voting for a first lady but you're voting for a situation that says to america, this is my vision and this is my partner. >> that's not the woman. >> this is -- >> i disagree with you. i think people do vote for the partnership, whether you want to intellectualize it or not. if you believe there's pillow osmosis, and i believe there is pillow osmosis, people, they talk. >> on both sides, republican and democrat we saw first ladies criticized, nancy reagan criticized for being too involved, we know hillary clinton was criticized for being too involved. there is something to be said about the person on your side. if she can't tell you, no one can sell you. >> both great ladies. the choices for the presidents are very stark, not based on the first lady. >> i disagree. >> i think most people disagree with you. >> so much is sai
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Sep 15, 2012 7:00am EDT
israel by now, could have cut off all intelligence cooperation with the united states. none of that has happened. it's important at a difficult time like this to bear in mind where things could have gone in a much more negative direction. it's been a terrible week for the united states, but i'm still hopeful about a lot of the arab spring. we've got to navigate some tough times right now, and syria remains a huge mess. but if you ask me how things are compared to how i would have guessed a year ago, probably better than i would have surmised. >> the u.s. still controls pursestrings in as much of the foreign aid to that part of the world. will that allow the u.s. to continue to exert some influence? >> absolutely. i think president morsi knows this in egypt. it's part of why he's sensitive to the fact that his initial reaction to this video. however understandable at a religious level is inappropriate at a political level, at a leadership level. i'd like to hope he would have figured this out on his own, but it's nice to have $1.5 billion worth of leverage on our side. >> chuck, this all
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Sep 22, 2012 7:00am EDT
from the obama administration after something like this has taken place. the united states is spending billions of dollars in aid in pakistan. pakistanis should be hearing about that pretty often, about all the good work that the united states does. when the pakistani receives something directly or indirectly that comes from american aid they should know about it and quite often they don't. so, yes, you want to do damage control. i understand the urge to do damage control but too little too late. >> then what for u.s. interests in the middle east >> get in the conversation. there are lessons to be learned. the main lesson is you can't allow extremists in any society ours as well as theirs to dictate the conversation. we keep saying where are the muslim moderates and why don't they speak up. some of the responsibility falls on us as well. we have to be part of the conversation and they have to hear from us all the time. >> here in new york a man is in critical condition after he was mauled by a tiger at the bronx zoo. it happened on friday after the man lead from a monorail and
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Sep 14, 2012 7:00am EDT
united states that washington has publicly and repeatedly denounced. >> the united states government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. we absolutely reject its content and message. >> reporter: the protesters aren't listening to that. authorities in cairo are erecting n walls around the embassy to prevent mobs from getting close, evidence in concrete of the growing divide between washington, cairo and beyond. there have been demonstrations against the offensive video in 11 countries so far. half of them in places where washington supported arab spring uprisings that toppled strong men who had formerly been u.s. allies. the arab spring has taken a dark turn. in yemen on thursday, protesters managed to break into the parking lot of the embassy in sanaa, destroying vehicles, smashing windows and even using a forklift to do more damage. no embassy staff was hurt. entering this volatile region now, the pope, leaving rome today for a previously scheduled visit to lebanon. so far there hasn't been any violence there. but today is friday, the muslim holy day of prayer. more prote
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Sep 29, 2012 2:05am PDT
foreigner in this country. and my ideas about the united states were really formed by film. growing up in holland, i watched american movies. and i had a specific idea of what america was like. and it's not at all what it is. >> hoda was born in oklahoma. norman, baby. >> wow. >> quickly, the premise of the movie. >> "bringing up bobby" is -- >> no, it's a woman played by mila jovavich, from the ukraine, living out her skewed version of the american dream with her 11-year-old son, bobby. and as she sort of scams and cons her way through the country believing that she is sort of like bonnie from bonnie and clyde. but all in a robin hood-esque way. she thinks she's doing it to give her son better opportunities. of course, you know, life is not like a movie. reality catches up. then, you know, the story takes -- a turn. >> we're so happy for you. >> if you want to see what happens, you have to see it in a theater very, very, very soon. like maybe today. >> yeah. >> but "taken 2," you're going to be the object of the terrorism this time, right? >> yeah. >> your daughter -- >> i was the luc
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Sep 26, 2012 9:00am EDT
president of the united states came out in support of gay marriage which is one of the biggest hot topics of the past decade. it has more tweets than when beyonce, like the legendary beyonce, made her first tweet and even more tweets than when nasa tweeted out that we landed on the planet mars. >> wow. >> it's totally insane and going to be when we look back at the end of the year at one of the stories, that we're going to be like, wow, this was the story. >> a million tweets about it that night on "monday night football." >> it's insane. >> our last category is the it list, a couple of viral items. first up, this father. showing the pictures a little bit this morning. >> love this dad. this dad is so awesome. so, you know, we've been talking about more serious stuff and serious problems. the internet, it's all about the emotional connection you have with something, and these photos. how can you not like look at the photos and say this is so cute. like the pancakes this. dad is totally awesome. the cool thing about this is this is actually becoming a trend online with the super tal
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Sep 29, 2012 5:00am PDT
? >> yeah. pack up and go. >> reporter: if the united states hasn't won the heart and mind of this 15-year-old, what about the rest of afghans? >> richard, the fact that a generation is now coming of age post-taliban, is that in itself the best defense of the taliban coming back into power, folks who would stand firm? >> maybe not. the taliban is an armed group. these schoolgirls are not going to fight against the taliban. they are all very worried about what is going to happen in this country. and we've spoken to politicians, political analysts, and they think after these troops leave that there could be a civil war in this country, and many afghans now don't remember 9/11. they just remember ten years of war. and they're asking themselves why? why did this happen? why did we have to have all of this war for ten years? >> 300,000 afghan troops, local police, national police have been trained. the strategy to get these folks home is to turn it over to afghan troops. questions about readiness and supplies and that sort of thing. but are they fighting an enemy who has an organization --
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Sep 8, 2012 7:00am EDT
. the huge explosion killed six civilians, including children. the attack came a day after the united states said it was designating the haqqani network, blamed for a number of high-profile attacks on western and afghan targets in kabul, a terrorist organization. >>> illinois congressman jesse jackson jr. is back in washington, d.c., after being treated at the mayo clinic in arizona. jackson is spending the weekend resting at home with his wife and children. the 47-year-old began medical leave in early june. he is likely to be back at work on monday when congress returns from its summer recess. >>> and lots of kids get their hair cut so they look really good when they go back to school. however, in china, four brothers who are quadruplets had their hair cut so that their teachers could identify them. so, the kids now sport the numbers one through four on the top of their heads, corresponding to the order of their birth back in 2006. i don't know about that one, you guys. looks a little bit unfortunate. i don't know. what do you think? >> well, a tattoo would be permanent. >> well, the
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Sep 24, 2012 7:00am PDT
couple of weeks, protests against the united states. what is behind what seems to be this new wave of anti-americanism, in your opinion? >> well, i think, you know, if i can say one thing about america and the way it's viewed in this part of the world. i've just come back from my 88th visit to the middle east since leaving office. if i were you in america, i would not worry about being loved. that's not your role in the world, right? your role is to be strong and you are strong. what you have to understand in these circumstances there's two groups struggling for what's going on in the world. you have anti-american protesters burning the flag, saying terrible things and killing american people and you also have in libya, for example, after the tragic death of your ambassador there, thousands of people coming out protesting against the killers and demanding action taken against them so, you know, in the end, you've got to see this as a long struggle in which we've got to be on the side of the decent people, and there are decent people out there. >> but we do worry what the result of the
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Sep 21, 2012 7:00am EDT
do it. we need to do it by the end of my first term as president of the united states of america. and i will make it a top priority in my first year as president. >> so, david, when the president says he didn't promise immigration reform as a priority, is he rewriting history a little bit there in. >> i don't think he didn't say he didn't promise it as a priority. it was a priority, savannah. i was in a room in 2009 at the white house where he called together all of those members of congress who had supported immigration reform in the past, republicans and democrats, and he said let's lock arms and get this done. >> but he didn't put forward a bill. >> every single republican walked away because it became the policy of the republican party to walk away from immigration reform, so, you know, hopefully with the votes in november, people will say, okay, let's come back to the table and get this done, but the president did pass out of the house and out of the senate a d.r.e.a.m. act that was blocked by a minority of republicans in the senate on procedural grounds. he did move on the
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Sep 6, 2012 7:00am EDT
traffic stops if they have reason to suspect they're in the united states illegally. critics who call the pressure "show me your papers law" say had will lead to racial profiling. >> two bank robbers are on the run after they kidnapped a bank manager and strapped what they said was a bomb from her waist. a bomb squad detonated the device which turned out not to be an explosive. fortunately no one was injured. >> officials in costa rica are assessing the damage from a 7.6 magnitude earthquake. the quake damaged buildings and roads and blew out windows. at least 20 people were injured. >> dramatic video from china this morning. a young girl riding her bike became pinned beneath a bus after it went out of control and hit her. rescuers had to carefully dig beneath her head to pull her to safety. amazingly, she escaped unharmed. >> and kayla tausche . >> traders expect a measured, not blowout solution to be announced. meanwhile here at home it a big week for jobs today. the number of americans filing for unemployment benefits is expected to fall ahead of tomorrow's all-important jobs numbers.
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Sep 27, 2012 7:00am EDT
about 30 new cases of atrt are diagnosed in the united states each year. the survival rate is just 10%. matt, obviously, you look at that video, she's smiling. the short time she spent on this earth she knew she was loved, even by justin bieber. a short life. >> we pass along our condolences to her family. thank you. we're back in a moment on "today." this is nbc. >>> just ahead a story, an incredible story of a man, the injuries that crushed his dreams and second chances. he's going to share it in a live interview. >> an inspiring story. matt has been calling me for weeks saying you have to see this video. you'll see it soon. >>> and we'll be live in south korea as psy makes his triumphant return, the conqu conquering hero of gangnam style. he brought it to the world. first a check of your local news and weather. and spirit of malib is an awesome place to be. introducing the all-new 2013 chevrolet malibu eco. ♪ sophisticated new styling, the fuel-saving intelligence of eassist, 37 mpg highway, and up to 580 highway miles on a single tank of gas. ♪ the all-new 2013 chevrolet malib
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Sep 18, 2012 7:00am EDT
park service units across the united states. the only time i've ever had a break is when i was on maternity leave. i have retired from doing this one thing that i loved. now, i'm going to be able to have the time to explore something different. it's like another chapter. ♪ mile after mile, to and from ♪ now there are four for all to use ♪ ♪ tell the neighbors, friends, everyone the news ♪ ♪ and let's hum, hum, hum, hum ♪ ♪ let's hum ♪ a prius for everyone ♪ there's a bigger one, if you want more space ♪ ♪ a small one if the city's your place ♪ ♪ and even one you can plug in ♪ so hop on in and give one a spin ♪ ♪ and let's hum, hum, hum, hum ♪ ♪ let's hum ♪ a prius for everyone >>> back now at 8:20 with some big changes coming to twitter. the company's ceo will explain those in just a couple of minutes, but first jason kennedy gives us a look inside the company headquarters in san francisco. jason, good morning. >> reporter: hey there, matt, good morning. twitter is just six years old and with its growing number of active users around the wor
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Sep 20, 2012 7:00am PDT
believe in. and someone we believe will be a great president of the united states. you know, we'll live with the process stories. the people in ohio and in these swing states, they're not reading this stuff. they're worried about are we going to be able to get a job? and we're telling them that mitt romney has a plan to create 12 million new ones if you elect him. >> senior adviser to the campaign, ed, thanks for your time. >> thanks for having me. >>> a magazine in france is defending its decision to publish cartoons mocking the prophet muhammad in the wake of the riots over an anti-muslim film. french officials are preparing for a potentially violent backlash. michelle, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. yeah. this morning, there are protests outside the french embassy in tehran. paris very visibly increased the police presence. we know the publishers chose the timing of this for a reason. after the protests and murders last week over the anti-islamic film, after the legal backlash of the photos of the duchess of cambridge. they said this is about free spee
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Sep 7, 2012 7:00am PDT
.supreme court of the united states on this case. >> reporter: peterson's defense team immediately said it plans to appeal his conviction for savio's murder. >> it was hearsay evidence allowed un, unprecedented amount. >> reporter: now the friends and family of stacy say they want drew peterson charged with her death as well. >> no matter what, still have it pay the price for stacy. i still believe that's around the corner. >> reporter: peterson faces a maximum of 60 years in jail. illinois does not have the death penalty. he'll be sentenced november 26th. true to form he was overheard saying as he was leaving the courtroom, i guess this will ruin my christmas. matt. >> kevin tibbles in illinois this morning, kevin, thank you very much. kathleen savio's sister was in court for the verdict. she's with us along with her attorney. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> i'll get to the verdict in a second. you heard it. talk to me about what it's been like to sit in the courtroom over the last few weeks. >> i wasn't allowed in there much because i did testify. i was only in t
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Sep 28, 2012 9:00am EDT
judge says he poses a flight risk. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton hosts world leaders today at the united nations to push for unity among syrian rebel groups. this after thursday's warning to the international body from israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. netanyahu drew a red line on a cartoon -- on a cartoon-like bomb calling for world leaders to draw that red line before next spring or summer, shutting down iran's nuclear weapons program. and just a day earlier iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad blasted israel from the same podium calling it a country of, quote, uncivilized zionists. >>> soil samples are being taken today as part of a new search for teamsters union boss jimmy hoffa who disappeared in 1975. investigators will dig beneath a driveway in suburban detroit. that's where a tipster claims he saw a body that might have been hoffa's being buried 37 years ago. >>> a bizarre and shocking end for a rising actor in los angeles. police say former "sons of anarchy" actor johnny lewis beat his 81-year-old landlady to death, attacked and bit two other men nearby a
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Sep 12, 2012 7:00am PDT
want one thing, and that is for the united states ambassador to be kicked out of this country, and th want the united states to pass laws making the creation of films like this illegal, and they say they will hold another demonstration on friday, a much bigger demonstration nationwide to condemn the offensive material which was specifically targeting the muslim prophet muhammad. many here do not support the violent attack here in benghazi that resulted in the death of the u.s. am bbassadorambassador. think they this -- they think that overstepped the line. >> richard, set the scene for what happened yesterday in libya. >> reporter: first it began here in cairo. a demonstration turned agitated as demonstrators scaled these 20-foot walls behind me, got into the u.s. embassy here at cairo, tried to take down, did take down the u.s. flag and put up a black islamic banner. they did this because they were offended by an internet movie that an egyptian cleric was discussing here on local television, and that was rallying people and was offending the sensibilities of this particular community
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Sep 12, 2012 7:00am EDT
, not a youtube-type video, was about to be broadcast nationwide in the united states on the anniversary of 9/11, and that's why people came out yesterday to demonstrate to stop the airing of this movie which, of course, was never the case. it was just this online movie, offensive to islam. >> that's nbc's richard engel outside the u.s. embassy where you can see protests continue this morning in cairo, egypt. richard, thank you very much. >> we want to bring in andrea mitchell our chief foreign affairs correspondent. andrea, as we await any confirmation from the state department, what can you tell us about ambassador stevens, an experienced diplomat in the middle east. >> a career diplomat. this is a man who had gone to berkeley and had gotten a law degree and a degree from the national war college. he was fluent in french and arabic. he had been a peace corps volunteer in 1983 in morocco, teaching english before he joined the foreign service about nine years later. this is a man who has very adept at social media. he was active on facebook. he was very involved with the comm
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Sep 16, 2012 8:00am EDT
leadership throughout the middle east that is morphing into a rage against the united states. i think it is here. and from a pure political point of view, this is an area of strength for president obama that they thought could essentially be put away as there's more after focus on the economy and contrasting president obama with governor romney. now this question of american policy, accusations of american weakness in the middle east, all of those things are in play and here come those presidential debates to really hash all that out. >> and governor romney has challenged the president's leadership in the middle east after the libya attack trying to politicize. has it resonated beyond the republican base? >> well, we don't know yet. we'll test that out over time as we look at polling and as these two debate one another. the reality is that president obama would be perhaps more on the defensive if it were not for governor romney getting so much criticism for his statements this week criticizing the president even before all the facts were known and in the immediate wake of the death of
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Sep 8, 2012 6:00am PDT
man who want to be the next vice president of the united states, paul ryan, makes two appearances in the bay area today. we'll show you where. >>> plus, a successful end to a daring rescue at sea. the coast guard successfully whisks away two children allegedly kidnapped by their own father. we have details on that one. >>> details on an overnight suicide bombing in afghanistan targeting a u.s. facility. the latest on the casualties and damage. here you go little man. [ humming ] [ babbling ]
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Sep 5, 2012 7:00am EDT
united states, he'll lay out the vision for the next four years. i do think it's worth reminding people which i tried to do in my speech and others did, what has the country inherited. we're not out of the woods but not the global recession, deepest since the great recession, an auto industry about to collapse, the auto industry out and thriving. we had new numbers out in august showing again sales are up. on that clear choice mitt romney said i think he should go bankrupt. the president said not on my watch. clear difference. if we had followed mitt romney's strategy we would have lost those manufacturing jobs and ohio would have a lower unemployment rate. >> the president was recently asked to grade himself on the economy, his answer was incomplete, something he has said time to time over his four-year term. the voters gave him four years and the four years are about up. is it sufficient to say it's incomplete. >> i think his reflection, i think would be a true statement, until the middle class feel like their economic security is where it should be, the president should have an incom
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Sep 25, 2012 7:00am EDT
, mahmood ahmadinejad accused the united states of backing what he called a fake regime in israel, and that led to a walkout by israel's u.n. ambassador. >>> also monday, a wide-ranging interview with us, we asked him about the threat of an attack on iran's nuclear facilities and how his country would respond. would you retaliate against the united states if there's an attack by israel on iran? >> translator: well, by the principle of it, i don't take the threat serious. >> they're bluffing? >> translator: we don't even take them into account. i would like to ask, who's subservient to whom, the zionist to the united states government or the united states government to the zionist? >> you said that israel has no historical roots in the middle east, and the white house has now called that statement by you disgusting, offensive, and outrageous. would you like to apologize? >> translator: do they have roots? if they have roots, then just say they have roots. we don't have to fight over it. what should i apologize for? this is a technical and scientific fact, statement. i'd like to ask
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Sep 7, 2012 7:00am EDT
the united states. >> reporter: facing the political fight of his life, the 44th president of the united states made the case for his re-election, asking americans to stick with him for another four years despite tough economic times. >> our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met. the path we offer may be harder but it leads to a better place, and i'm asking you to choose that future. >> reporter: four years later the president felt he had to appeal to voters exhausted by the tone of american politics. >> i know campaigns may seem small, even sill sly sometimes. trivial things become big attractions. if you're sick of me approving this message, believe me, so am i. >> reporter: but obama pulled no punches when it came to his republican rival. his references to opponent turned him into a punch line. >> my opponent is new to foreign policy. you may not be ready if you can't visit the olympics without insulting our closest ally. if you can't afford to start a business or go to college, take my opponent's advice and borrow money from your parents. >> reporter: lacking rheto
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Sep 28, 2012 7:00am EDT
reverberates everywhere, across the united states. we're willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign, but we're not willing to be murdered for it. >> reporter: certain points, if these attacks continue, the american people will say we've had enough. why are we training these people if they are murdering us? >> that may be, in fact. it may be the voice right now that we're hearing. the key point is for us to understand that the vast majority, vast majority of afghans, you have lived with them, you understand these people. they are with us in this. they understand right now the severity of this problem and the urgency of what's happening, and there have been afghan who's have been killed trying to save our forces when these attacks have been under way. because that was the only reaction that they could have taken, was to try to save us at the moment of that attack. >> training afghan troops like these afghan special forces soldiers is the centerpiece of general allen's mission. >> once they are there, we're going to move -- >> reporter: he has already had to success spespend training tw. sh
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Sep 24, 2012 9:00am EDT
of the united states. >> reporter: and funny man jimmy kimmel won mixed reviews for his hosting duties. including a controversial mock of the usual in memorium section with josh groban singing a living tribute to the host. ♪ that's what makes you beautiful ♪ >> i will be missed. >> the jury is still out on whether kimmel will be missed, whether he'll be asked back to do it another year. one thing is certain though, al, when we're here next year "homeland" is going to be the show to beat. >> kristen dahlgren, thanks so much. >>> still ahead, the hidden germs in the classroom, but first these messages. ♪ germs, germs, germs, germs, germs, germs ♪ at kfc we have on: [ beep ] 15 seconds and counting. serve the world's best-tasting chicken. t-minus 10... that's why our whole chicken is delivered fresh. 9...8... and prepared fresh by real cooks 7... t-5. all systems go. 4... with kfc's world famous secret recipes. preparation complete... 3... 2...1... taste for yourself why fresh is better. mission accomplished. try our new freshly hand-breaded premium breast meat original rec
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Sep 11, 2012 7:00am EDT
worth and value of a man, the president of the united states, in this election. do we use the right criteria? >> no. you know, i think one of the reasons i got interested in doing this piece, in obama's life, was it struck me. i mean, just looking at it from afar that some of the problems that used to affect the evaluation of pro athletes, pro sports has gotten over, sort of like how to separate out luck from skill and how not to blame, you know, assigning credit and blame where credit and blame is due on a baseball field, but we don't really do in political life, especially with the president. he's forever credited and blamed for things that he actually has often very little control over. >> you played a kind of game with the president where you said to him, mr. president, let's assume that you're no longer president and i'm president, meaning you. >> yeah. >> what are the things i need to know about this job? and you took a few passes. >> i had to do it a few times. it took him a little while for him to get used to the idea i was president. he didn't like that. >> what did he say
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Sep 10, 2012 7:00am PDT
you got the chance to meet the president of the united states in person. one pizza owner got a little excited when he met president obama. he gave him a bear hug and lifted him up. doesn't the secret service frown on things like that? >> i think he did clear it with secret service which is a good thing. >>> and matt, al, natalie and i take a turn choosing the music of the show. the sound track of our lives. put a lot of thought into it, lot of anxiety. today is my day. >> good news for carpenters. >>> let's begin with that news. public school teachers on strike in chicago. nbc kevin tibbles is there. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt, from a boisterous picket sign outside ray elementary school. for the first time in 25 years, chicago teachers have gone on strike after a weekend of negotiations that went right down to the wire. after days of nonstop negotiating, chicago teachers union made this late night announcement. >> we failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike. >> reporter: a strike by the city's 29,000 public school teachers and supp
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